Mar 13, 2013 6:00am PDT
. on the other side of capitol hill on tuesday, house budget chairman paul ryan released a budget that he believes can get 218 republican votes, and that's it. >> the election didn't go our way. believe me, i know what that feels like. that means we surrender our principles? that means we stop believing in what we believe in? we need to put out our vision. we think we owe the country a balanced budget. >> remember, ryan's budget cuts $4.6 trillion in spending, including $2.7 trillion in health care cuts, produces no new tax revenue. but ryan also has acknowledged, this is not where the two parties are likely to end up. >> just ask a person who's watching this show, who's in business, do you start with your last offer first in a negotiation? no, of course not. we each pass our budgets, which is very important, because it creates a vehicle that we can go to conference with. so we actually have the budget process being a revived. then we start talking. then we start looking for common ground. i don't think patty's budget gives a lot of troroom for look for that common ground, but this is whe
Mar 15, 2013 6:00am PDT
budgets, one in the senate and paul ryan's in the house. it couldn't be -- you can't merge these documents. they're impossible to merge. >> bob bixby of the congre congressional coalition, the deficit hawks, said it's like we started from three years ago. i don't think there's a lot there. again, this will be clarifying. it's at least a cooler atmosphere to negotiate, but, again, i don't see where the breakthrough is. >> interesting story in today's "wall street journal" which talks about there are conservative groups who are worried the president will be successful with some of these republicans and get them to work with them and they're sitting there how to issue warnings, cl club for growth, tea party express, i've heard from heritage, don't work with him at least on the issue of taxes. >> don't raise any more revenues, you'll be primaried. it connects to what you were talking about in terms of the all-star gathering of cpac here and looking ahead to 2016. we knew this would happen when romney was the nominee that conservatives would say, aha, that's what happens when you elect a modera
Mar 18, 2013 6:00am PDT
was in a different position. you got to have a wisconsin mini primary, apparently, with paul ryan. walker notably would not pledge to serve a full second term. one more thing. all the 2016 speculation was not on the republican side this weekend. former white house adviser david plouffe weighed in on the presidential election at the 92nd street y. >> i'm not going to speak to what secretary of state clinton will or will not do. she is in both parties now. by far i think the most interesting candidate. probably the strongest candidate. >> there you go. his fellow delawarean probably doesn't like to hear that. but he probably knows that that's true. >>> finally, the inability to jump start the middle east peace process has been one of the president's bigger failures on foreign policy of the first term in office. though it's a failure that he didn't necessarily have a lot of control over. at the beginning of his first term, the president declared with great fanfare he wouldn't follow the lead of his predecessors presidents clinton and bush and wait until a second term to push for middle east peace. >
Mar 20, 2013 6:00am PDT
? >> well, first of all, luke, paul ryan has an important job to do which is to understand the numbers, understand where we're at with our debt and with our spending issues. look, we are not losing the issues on the math. we're not losing the issues on spending and debt and jobs and the economy. those are total winners for us. what we found in the election is while we're winning the arguments on spending and math, we're losing sort of this emotional cultural vote out there in presidential elections. and it didn't just happen overnight, luke. i mean the fact is our parties have a tough time over the last 24 years winning decisive presidential elections. and it's our job as a party to get to the bottom of why that is. and that's what we're trying to do. so, you know -- >> okay. let's talk about that emotional cultural vote. your predecessor said this this morning on "morning joe" about the issues you have in minority community. >> how does he reconcile his agreement with voter registration policies that many in the black community view as anti-black, racist? you can show up any time. it'